I love the name Hildegard!! When I discovered there was a Saint Hildegard I was ecstatic to learn all about her and what an interesting saint she is! I had to add her to the list of feast days to celebrate this year. Saint Hildegard’s feast day is right around the corner on September 17th.
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Here are a few facts about Saint Hildegard:
- Saint Hildegard was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, and German Benedictine abbess
- She was the youngest of 10 children!!
- Hildegard was a sickly child and received little education
- At the age of 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of St. Disibodenberg
- She was extremely knowledgeable of herbs and medicinal arts
- At a young age, Hildegard experienced visions and she did not want to make her visions public.
- Three most significant works are Scivias, Liber Vitae Meritorum, and Liber Divinorum Operum.
- There are more chant compositions surviving by St. Hildegard than any other medieval composer. how neat!
- On May 10, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI gave St. Hildegard an equivalent canonization, and laid down the groundwork for naming her a Doctor of the Church. Five months later, she officially became a Doctor of the Church, making her the fourth woman of 35 saints to be given that title by the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI called Hildegard, “perennially relevant” and “an authentic teacher of theology and a profound scholar of natural science and music.”
“No creature has meaning
without the Word of God.
God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible.
The Word is living, being,
Spirit, all verdant
This Word flashes out in
This is how the spirit is in
the flesh — the Word is indivisible from God.”
-Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Enjoy this FREE prayer card you can download to put up for Saint Hildegard’s Feast Day!
1. Make an indoor herb garden:
Growing herbs is great for kids because they are generally easy and quick to grow. Making a herb garden is also purposeful because you can use it in your cooking and great for kids to try something they help grow. We’re giving this indoor herb kit a try. Eventually, I will make a nice area to grow the herbs. These are some great examples of to store your indoor herb garden, I love the natural look it adds to a kitchen too!
2. Make herb playdough!! Imagination Tree has a ton of natural playdough recipes. We are going to make mint, cinnamon and nutmeg, and whole-grain playdough. I’ll definitely be posting about our playdough fun on Instagram.
3. Play Herbal bingo, Herbal Roots Zine has several other awesome herb themed printables too! We will also be using their Herbal Profile when we make our herb garden.
Take joy in this FREE printable quote from Saint Hildegard
Books to Read:
“The fire has its flame and praises God.
The wind blows the flame and praises God.
In the voice we hear the word which praises God.
And the word, when heard, praises God.
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.”
Saint Hildegard is such a fascinating saint and I am so excited to celebrate her feast day with the kids!! Do you have any plans for celebrating Saint Hildegard’s feast day? If you found this post helpful don’t forget to Pin and share!